Cam-Pains: We've Got Your Transparency Right Here

Republican convention hangover no excuse for campaign watchers

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    Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner will finally get the debate he's been demanding against gubernatorial primary opponent, former eBay CEO Meg Whitman.

    After a weekend in which former eBay CEO Meg Whitman finally addressed reporters, former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina released her latest psychedelic senate campaign commercial, and likely Lieutenant Governor Appointee Abel Maldonado urged delegates at the California Republican Party to reach out to Latinos even as the candidates fell over each other to promise crackdowns on the southern border, it's understandable you might feel exhausted.

    But the campaigns grind on, and at least now we know exactly who's running for what after last Friday's campaign filing deadline.

    In the little league race for Lieutenant Governor, it's officially Los Angeles City Councilwoman Janice Hahn versus San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom. Hahn, who was in Marin for a campaign event Friday, was later spotted having coffee with longtime Newsom nemesis, former President of the Board of Supervisors Aaron Peskin.

    In the major league race for governor, the three candidates, including Attorney General Jerry Brown, Whitman, and her Republican primary opponent, Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner, have all pledged to release years of tax returns.

    By promising up to 25 years of returns, the strategy seems to be that a massive flood of information might make it more difficult to find anything particularly incriminating.

    That strategy might backfire, though, as technology-driven "crowdsourcing" operations harness the public to sift through the data like the Wikimeg site.

    For their part, Whitman's campaign is continuing to imply that the organization behind Wikimeg, Level the Playing Field, is in cahoots with the Brown campaign, though have not filed formal charges of campaign finance fraud.

    At the eagerly awaited debate between Whitman and Poizner at a New Majority event in Orange County starts tonight at 5:30 -- you can watch it online, live, but rest assured the campaigns will clip the funniest quips to run on YouTube later.

    Jackson West couldn't make it to Santa Clara because he is dead broke.